Letters: Bullying problem at schools not being addressed early or often

My close friend’s child has been bullied at Solorsano Middle
School since the beginning of the school year. The child had a
major meltdown recently! Her child told her,

if you go to the school and try to help me, they are going to
pick on me worse!

Dear Editor,

My close friend’s child has been bullied at Solorsano Middle School since the beginning of the school year. The child had a major meltdown recently! Her child told her, “if you go to the school and try to help me, they are going to pick on me worse!”

Against her child’s wishes, she addressed the issue with the school. While speaking with the school, she found out that her child had reported to the counselors there on four separate occasions. Not once did the school notify her about her child seeking help with the bullying problem. They hid this information from her, as I am sure they have done to other parents.

Furthermore, the school never did anything to stop the bullying. The bullies were never even brought into the office for questioning. After about an hour or so of speaking with an assistant principal and the staff at Solorsano, she was told her child was welcome to attend the schools upcoming “coping group” to help students dealing with bullies and other issues. Disgusted, she asked, “What program do you have in place to keep the bullies from bullying?” Their answer … NONE!! So there is no consequence for bullying children at this school, instead, your child can join a group of other children and discuss being bullied and learn ways to cope!

Moreover, if that’s not bad enough, your child will be pulled from one of their classes to attend this group. Why don’t you paint a red target on their backs so ALL the bullies know who’s attending the “coping group!” The group will be run by an outside agency that will come to the school. What a horrible way to spend district funds and avoid the real problem.

Instead of stopping the bullying before the kids need a coping group, the school would rather pay to have a Band-Aid put on the issue and sweep the problem under the rug. What a disappointment for our children. The sad truth about child bullies is that they often bully others due to pain in their own lives. The school doesn’t see bullying behavior as a red flag to look deeper into the lives of these bullies. The bullied and the bullies are all suffering at Solorsano. Isn’t it the school’s responsibility and legal obligation to tell parents when their children are coming to them with bullying issues? I’m sure this not an isolated incident and is probably a problem in most of our schools. Our kids have the right to an education and safety at school. We wonder why kids go on shooting rampages at schools. We wonder why the teen and pre-teen suicide rates have shot through the roof. Our school’s lack of bully control is at the top of the list in America. THERE SHOULD BE A ZERO TOLERANCE ON BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOLS!

Chris and Jessica, Gilroy (last name withheld by request)

Race to the Top education plan more like a ‘slow roll to the bottom’

Dear Editor,

The Editorial Board must understand that Gilroy Unified School District would get the $1 million once, NOT annually for the Race to the Top program! Also, not every school would have access to the money, only the Program Improvement Schools would get it. The state keeps half the money we would be eligible to receive to use at the state’s discretion.

How can principals evaluate every teacher, every year? Maybe they’d have to hire more administrators to comply with the law and use up all the money. There are many strings attached that last for years – $1 million sounds like a lot of money, but it’s a drop in the budget compared to the all the years we would required to comply with the law.

Also, would schools who don’t receive any money be tied to the requirements of the law? The reason teachers are against the plan is that the federal government can make us comply with their ideas for years to come and we don’t receive any financial benefit after the first year. They don’t provide the resources, just like No Child Left Behind. The government only makes demands, they do not fund. I know these ideas always sound great, but unfortunately, they are not. We had to apply for the funds without even knowing the details of the plan.

Teachers are not against improving education. What we don’t like is being told what to do and then not given the resources to do the job. Better check the facts on Race to the Top. It could be the slow roll to the bottom.

Gregg Chisolm, Gilroy

Being American, at its roots, really does mean being multi-cultural

Dear Editor,

When I was in college, I took a class in which I realized that I was the only student who only spoke one language fluently. Everyone else was either bi-lingual or tri-lingual. However, all of these students were just as American as I was.

One of my best friends from Jordan embraces American culture as well as his Jordanian descent. Does this make him less American? No. The idea that being American consists of not embracing one’s native background can lead to nothing more than a sectarian society of narrow mindedness.

This idea is in fact the antithesis of what being American is. Being American means different cultures coming together and embracing the new world as well as the old country. The idea that speaking English and only English is ignorant and foolish, while at the same time not embracing English will lead to equally futile results.

Kevin Moyles, Gilroy

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